25 July 1895, Volume 15, Number 29.
SATISFIED WITH JESUS.
I’m satisfied with Jesus; he’s everything to me:
He saved my soul from torment and awful misery:
He gave me peace and plenty and more than I deserved.
And since my Savior found me, him I have gladly served.
I’m satisfied with Jesus, and I will tell you why,
He sanctified my nature and fitted me to die:
He filled me with his glory and leads me every day,
And keeps me now from falling, and in the holy way.
I’m satisfied with Jesus; I find he’s all I need,
He’s healed me, soul and body, and makes me whole indeed;
He gives me food and raiment, yes, all I eat and wear,
He beareth all my burdens, my sorrow and my care.
I’m satisfied with Jesus, and know you would be too.
If you would only trust him and to his Word be true;
He’ll give you joy for sorrow: he’ll give you rest for pain,
And though you once forsook him, he’ll take you back again.
I’m satisfied with Jesus, whatever he may do.
And this same satisfaction is waiting now for you,
I’m satisfied with Jesus, wherever I may be,
And while I am obedient he’s satisfied with me.
— E.G. Masters.
WHAT does it mean? In the living and written testimony of God’s people at this time is frequently heard the above words: and for the satisfaction of such as have not had the means of knowing the import of the same, we give this brief explanation.
The gospel era, or the present dispensation of the Holy Spirit, is spoken of as a day. Isa. 58:5. John 8:56. 2 Cor. 6:2. This being the case the first part of this dispensational day would naturally be its morning, and the time of its approaching end, the evening.
The words, “Morning Light,” express the purity, power and glory of the primitive church; while the expression. “Evening Light,” points to the holiness of the church in the “time of the end.”
The morning and evening of God’s church on earth are spoken of in the Scriptures.
The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come. Isa. 21:11, 12.
The time from which this inquiry is represented as going forth is expressed by the “burden of Dumah.” The word means silence, and leads our minds to the time just prior to the coming of Christ, when no prophetic voice was heard on earth, and all the world sat musing in the dark. To understand the lesson, place yourself back in Bible times. People carried no watches, nor did city clocks and electric lights reveal the time of the night. But the watchman upon the walls knew the watch or hour of the night. To him therefore the lone traveller in the silent hours of the night called out, “Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman saith, the morning cometh and also the night.” When we consider that the night of the apostasy so soon followed the morning of Christianity, we see the propriety of the watchman’s announcement, that the morning was nigh, but alas! a dark dismal night was soon to shut out the light of the new day.
THE MORNING DID COME.
The silence of Dumah was broken by “the voice of one crying in the wilderness Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” A few months later the Messiah appeared; and the people that sat in darkness saw a great light, as it had been foretold, “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” Isa. 60:2, 3.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12. So the first advent of Christ was the dawning of a “clear day.” And in that morning of the new dispensation the church of God shone out with the following glorious attributes: She was wholly a divine institution; founded, built, owned and governed by God; and the same God worked all things in all the members. 1 Cor. 12:6 She was “built up a spiritual house,” “an holy nation.” 1 Pet. 2:5, 9. She was “one body” and her members one as Christ and the Father are one. Jno. 17. She had “one Spirit,” “one God,” “one Faith.” Christ was her only door, and salvation the only manner of entrance. John 10:9. She had also the various spiritual gifts. 1 Cor. 12. And bore the one name given by the mouth of the Lord, “Church of God.” But
THE NIGHT OF HER APOSTASY
soon stripped her of nearly all these divine attributes, and substituted a confusion of human organizations. This was a premature night. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day. Amos 8:9. The clear day was the Holy Spirit dispensation ushered in by the Savior. But its light did not shine throughout the dispensational day. Her sun went down at noon. And by reading verses 11 and 12 we learn how the light was obscured. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” The word of God was taken from the people, and though the priests had access to the Bible, being corrupt hirelings, darkness covered them as well as the people.
“Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine, and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.” Micah 3:5-7. Over both prophets and people the sun went down.
This awful night of ignorance, superstition and papal supremacy continued for the long space of 1260 years. It had been foretold by Isa. 63:18. 1:21-23, by Daniel 7:21, 25. 8:11, by Christ, Mat. 24:11, 12, 29, by Paul, 2 Thess. 2:3-10, by Peter, in his second epistle 2:1-3, also by John, 1 Jno. 2:8. Rev. 13, and elsewhere.
A CLOUDY DAY.
By reference to Rev. 13 it will be seen that the counterfeit ecclesiastical power was to arise in two successive forms, symbolized by two beasts. The first is generally confessed to be the Romish sect. Her reign was the very darkness of night. But what was denoted by the second beast? Truth compels us to say it is the babel of sectism that came forth from the mother of all sects. A second form of the apostasy, not utter night, like the former, but a mixture of darkness and light. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear nor dark. But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day nor night; but it shall come to pass that
AT EVENING TIME IT SHALL BE LIGHT.
Zech. 14:6, 7.
Observe the time that was neither day nor night, — “shall be one day, which shall be known to the Lord.” Namely, it was to constitute a distinct epoch not included in the long night that preceded it. It was neither day nor night, but a mixture of both. We have said it relates to Protestantism. Let us prove it. Open your Bibles and read Ezekiel 34. Here we have a very striking rebuke upon all false shepherds, the hireling ministry of this time, who look well to their salaries, but feed not the people.
“For thus saith the Lord God; Behold I, even I, will both search my sheep and seek them out.
As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” Eze. 34:11, 12.
You see, dear reader, the cloudy day that has followed the Romish night, is a time when God’s people were in a scattered condition, divided by human creeds, and organized apart into Protestant schisms. But turning back to Zech. 14:6, 7, We find after the night had passed away, the cloudy day which followed it was also to clear up near the close of time, and so it is written, “But it shall come to pass that
AT EVENING TIME IT SHALL BE LIGHT.”
This time has arrived. And this is what we mean by the “Evening Light;” namely, God has brought forth his own church to view again, which was long hid under the rubbish of human creeds and inventions.
AFTER TWO DAYS.
We have seen that the entire dispensation of Christ is called a day, but any period of time marked by historic events may also be called a day. Now we will show that the two successive forms of the apostasy which we have found called “night” — Romanism — and “cloudy and dark day” — Protestantism — are denominated two days.
“Come and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten and he will bind us up.
After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” Hosea 6:1-3.
During the two days — distinct epochs — the church was to be in a torn and wounded condition, trodden under foot by the beast power of ecclesiastical lords. But in the third day, she was to be revived, raised up to live in his sight. This third day is what Daniel calls “the time of the end.” It is the evening of time, the evening of the present and last dispensation. “Many,” says Daniel, “shall run to and fro.” (Namely, to preach the pure gospel;) and as a result, “many shall be purified, made white and tried.” See Dan. 12. This third day has arrived: the reviving and raising up of God’s church to walk perfect in his sight, is now in progress. The apostolic plane is reached in Bible holiness, and the discerning of the body of Christ, which, to the exclusion of all other bodies, is the church. This reformation is pre-eminently the work of God. And
“HIS GOING FORTH IS PREPARED AS THE MORNING,”
from which it is justly inferred that the light of the evening shall be as the morning. The same is proved in Isa. 58:8-12.
„Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward.
Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”
“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning.” And this event is identified with, and conditioned upon the very work being achieved in the present reformation. The yoke of sectism, of sin, pride, popular sentiment, in fact every yoke of Satan is being consumed by the fires of this reformation. See Isa. 10:17-23 and 27. “That ye break every yoke.” Isa. 58:6.
Let all who would stand in the evening light, carefully read, attain unto, and exemplify the above descriptions of holy character that shall be “as the morning.” It requires the same holiness, unity, power and gifts that shone out in the divine church in the morning of her dispensation on earth. All this is promised by many scriptures, and must be manifest. “At evening time it shall be light.” “Then shall the Sanctuary — God’s church — be cleansed.” Dan. 8:14.
NOT A SECT NAME.
We simply add that while the evening light expresses a great truth, a present truth in prophecy, which God’s people appreciate, it is neither given for, nor used by the saints as a denominational title. We utterly repudiate any and all names except such as the inspired Word uses to disignate God’s children; such as Christians, saints, etc. And the body of Christ is only properly denominated the Church of God, as named by the Lord himself. Isa. 62:2. John 17:11, 12. Acts 20:28. Amen.
D. S. W.
WHAT ARE YOU BELIEVING?
TO the dear ones scattered abroad, take warning, and keep oil in your vessels; and you that have not, go ye to him that hath plenty, and buy for yourselves, without money and without price. For the cry will soon be heard, “Behold! the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” It is wonderful how the devil is deceiving souls, in these last days, on the very verge of eternity, rocking them to sleep in the cradle of sensuality, singing this lullaby in their ears: “You are not responsible for the carnal nature, which you inherited through the fall of your foreparents, Adam and Eve. So go ahead, eat, drink, and be merry, and have a good time while you can; you will land safely in glory anyhow.” But dear souls, our blessed Lord has made ample provision for us on the cross, whereby this old enemy, the carnal nature, which is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be, may be cleansed away, slain, taken out root and branch. And we are responsible, if we do not apply to the blood, and have it taken out. Glory to the Lamb of God, for the fountain which was opened in the house of David for sin and uncleanness! Jesus says, If ye love me keep my commandments. And again, If a man love me he will keep my words. Jno. 14:15, 23. So his command to all that want to be his followers is, Mortify therefore, your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, (this will take in the tobacco habit), inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. In the which ye also walked sometime, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing ye have put off the old man with his deeds. Put on therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness and longsuffering. So when Christ who is our life shall appear, we may also appear with him in glory. Amen and amen. Col. 3d chapter.
Dear souls, do you love Jesus? Are you going to keep all his commandments? James says, though we keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, we are guilty of all. O yes, say many in these last days, these things were only for the apostles. It was all right for them to be holy, and to heal the sick; yes many things were only intended for the apostles. Well let us see what the Word says. Turn to Mat. 28:19, 20. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Now listen, 20th verse: “Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Amen. It is the desire of every true child of God to be holy. For God says, “Be ye holy for I am holy.” So if this article should fall into the hands of any who are professing to be children of God, and they do not find down deep in their heart, a strong desire to be holy, there is something wrong.
Dear souls, what are we believing to-day? The whole Word of God? Are we acting according to it? Jesus says, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. Dear souls, eternity will be one long day, if we spend it in heaven, or a long night if in hell, where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Jesus says, “He that believed, and is baptized, shall be saved. But he that believed not shall be damned. Dear ones, I warn you in the name of Jesus to take heed what you hear, and how you hear, what you believe, and what you do not believe. The dear Lord permitted me to see a wonderful and terrible sight in a vision. I only want to relate it for the glory of God, and I hope some soul will be benefited and flee the wrath to come.
It seemed my husband and I and children were on the way to meeting in a small town, where a few of the saints live. Having arrived there, we notified them what we came for; we gathered together as soon as we well could into a dwelling house. I was astonished to see one among the number who had recently died. I made some remark to her about coming to the saints’ meeting. She said she had been wanting to come for nearly a year and after a great deal of swearing around, she had at last got to come, but found fault about us being so slow and late about coming together. Knowing that she had died, I asked her how she liked the place where she was now staying. She made the reply she was afraid she would get to swear longer than she wanted to. She then proceeded to show, and tell us about the horrors of hell; and it seemed my spiritual eyes were so opened, that I could see those beings myself. Terrible was the sight! Parents were there with their children. It seemed they had begotten them for the place. Those hideous devils; parents, children, devils and all, as black as black could be. She also proceeded to tell me how the souls that came here were kept alive for everlasting punishment. It was not by eating any thing, but something in their heart kept rolling up, that they might know the extent of their crime, and also punishment. I turned away from the sight with a shudder. And while a number of the saints were thinking over the matter, one remarked she could go through more for Jesus than ever, if it took her head off. I was thinking the same while studying over the matter. I thought those that were sent to this awful place for swearing and taking the name of God in vain, could, and would, no doubt, curse on through all eternity. If they derived any pleasure whatever, from such a course of procedure, they would undoubtedly get sick enough of it in eternity. Again, I thought of those who are going down under the curse of strong drink. And yet another dreadful foe, which is deceiving and dragging more souls down than whiskey, yea, the filthy tobacco curse; what God made for the big green worms to fatten and flourish on. The devil and man together have taken, and made it a great curse, dwarfing the mind, polluting the soul and body of thousands and thousands. But I am so thankful that it, nor the users of it cannot enter heaven unless they give it up here. Because the Lord says a highway shall be there and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it. Isa. 35. I wonder if any who may read these lines, profess to be in the way, but have not yet been cleansed from these filthy habits. If so, pass under the cleansing stream, and be washed and made whiter than the snow or you will be left outside, at the gate of heaven. But some say, We cannot give them up. Others, they are such a comfort. Well what will you do in eternity? God says, If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, which temple ye are, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord. Now since you cannot get into heaven in this condition, what would you do in the fiery furnace, with this craving appetite through all eternity, that you think you cannot do without it one day here? The fire will be too hot for such things to grow there, and what will you do there with only fire, fire, not even a drop of water to quench your burning appetite? Some say it will kill them to give it up. Well then, resolve in your heart to die clean men and women. But I do not believe I ever heard of one dying that did give it up. But I have seen several who had to give it up to keep from dying. And as far as it being such a comfort, get Jesus in your heart and he will be far more of a comfort than a stinking pipe or filthy quid. It is wonderful how people will sell their soul for so little a price.
My Lord and my God, awake people, from such morbid drowsiness, that they may arise and shine, for their light is come. For whomsoever the Son maketh free, is free indeed. Yes, bless the Lord, I know it. I was brought up out of Egypt; have crossed the Red Sea; passed through the wilderness; crossed over Jordan; am now in the land of Canaan, going forth in the mighty name and strength of Jesus, conquering every foe. Knowing this, that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope.
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Dear Brethren in the Lord: Please meet me at the throne of God’s grace on July 27, at seven o’clock in the forenoon, to anoint me with the oil of faith, to entreat the good Lord to heal me of rheumatism and of catarrh which I have had for twenty years, and for two years have been a constant sufferer, my memory impaired and failing. I am nearly fifty-nine years of age and have been a follower of the blessed Jesus since about the age of fifteen. I have been an instrument in his name in healing diseases through all my spiritual life, yet to the present it has not pleased the good Lord to make me free from pain and misery.
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I am praying for some of God’s true ministers to come here and preach the glorious gospel of the evening light. If any one will come I will get a house in this little town to preach in. This country is broad and there are a number of school houses over it free to all. May the Lord send some one at once, for this people is starving for the bread of life. Yours in the one body.
T. J. Lewis.
Sofka, I. T.
Dear Saints: My wife and myself came from southern Missouri last Spring to this place where darkness and heathenism are so great. And we wish to ask some of God’s ministers to come here and preach the Word. We have no school house, but my dwelling house is free to the saints of God. Sapulpa is the nearest station. If some one feels led by the Spirit to come, let us know when to meet you at Sapulpa. Your brother and sister in Christ,
Chas. H. and D. E. Moore.
Highbank, Barry Co., Mich.
Dear Saints of God: Cannot some of God’s true ministers come here soon and hold meetings? We failed to get the meeting house (U. B’s) to hold meetings in, but can get the school house while school is not in cession. School will probably begin the first of Sept, and continue on through the winter with only a week or two vacation. Let not one think of Coming unless they have “on the whole armor of God,” as there are a few “advanced thinkers” here which will probably go to work as soon as God’s true ones do. The Crusaders have just closed a series of meetings, and have left the U. B. (Radical faction) badly split up on holiness and it just seems to us now is the time for God’s true people to go to work here. Our home is open to whoever comes in the name of the Lord. May our dear Father in heaven lead in this matter, is the prayer of your humble sister in Christ. Address communications to
F. A. and I. Wilcox.
The general Eastern Pennsylvania C. M. will commence Sept. 5. Will be held at Chalfont, Bucks Co., Pa.
Address, B. F. Weikel,
West Point, Pa.
Erie Co. Pa., camp meeting. Aug. 13-22. At McLallen Corners, six miles from Mill Village, eight miles from Cambridge. Erie lines run through both places. For imformation write Bro’s J. H. Sanders, A, Howard. E. John, McLallen Corners, Pa.
New Bethlehem, Pa., Tab. meeting, Aug. 1-21.
Smithfield, O., Tab. meeting. Sept, 5-29,
H. M. Riggle,
W. H. Cheatham and Co,
Tidioute, Pa., Tab. meeting. Aug. 2-11.
Grand Valley, Pa., Tab. meeting. Aug. 13-22.
A. J. Kilpatrick and Co.
Casstown, Miami Co., O. Tab. meeting. July 30 to Aug. 7.
New Carlisle, Ohio. Camp meeting. Aug. 8-18.
Wm. G. Schell and Co.
Canada C. M., Aug. 28 to Sept. 9. On the old camp ground, Bro. Swayzee’s bush, near Fenwick, Ont., two and one- half miles south-west and nine miles west of Welland. All coming east or west will came to Welland via G. T. R. R. or M. C. R. R. Notify Bro. Malhom Swayzee, Dr. Birdsall, Fenwick, Ont. Bro. F. Kennedy, Welland, Ont.
Jordan, Ont., Grove meeting. Sept. 12-22. Samuel Overholt’s woods.
St. Thomas, Ont., Tab. meeting. Sept. 26.
J. A. Dillon, Bixler and Co.
The Vichy, Mo., camp meeting Aug. 15-25, will be held as usual on Bro. J. Thornton’s farm, ten miles north-east of Rolla, and ten miles from St. James, Mo.
Camp meeting at Manning, Mo., commencing Aug. 20, and continuing as long as the Lord wills.
R. A. Pierson.
There will be a grove meeting at this place, beginning Thursday, Aug. 15, and it is desired that the brethren that go to the Frisco, Ark. meeting, come beforehand and stop off for this meeting. Those coming will get off at Butterfield, Mo., on the Frisco line. Write to me at Roark, Mo.
James A. Montgomery.
The Lord willing there will be a C. M. on Sarcoxie prairie, Newton Co., Mo. beginning Aug. 15, continuing as long as the Lord may direct. Said place is located nine miles south-west of Sarcoxie, eight miles south-east of Granby. All gospel workers who may be led this way are cordially invited, and will be cared for. For any further information inquire of Joseph Davidson, Sarcoxie, Mo. or S. S. and C. A. Sunderland, Granby, Mo.
Ripley Co., Mo. Camp meeting. Will be held on the regular camp ground 2 miles east of Poynor, and 10 miles south of Doniphan, Aug. 31 to Sept. 8. All lovers of and seekers for the truth invited.
A. B. Stanberry.
Auburn, Neb. camp meeting, Aug. 1-12.
M. H. Long.
The saints of Mahaska, Kan., Reynolds and Thompson, Neb. will have a camp meeting on Bro. R. W. Owen’s farm, Aug. 15-25. Those coming over the C. R. I. & P. R. R. from the East and West stop at Thompson. Those coming on B. & M. R. R stop at Kesterson. Those coming over G. I. R. R. change to; R. I. R. R. at Fairbury, stop at Thompson. All will be taken to and from trains. For further information, and those desiring to be met at train, write,
We will begin a series of gospel meetings in a hall in Woodburn, Ore. Aug. 1-8. All saints and seekers of light and truth within reach of this place are invited to attend. Yours in Him,
F. N. and Susie A. Jacobson.
A GENERAL Western camp meeting at Woodburn, Marion Co., Ore., Aug. 8—23.
J. L. Green.
Camp meeting, Frisco, Ark., beginning Sept. 12.
There will be a camp meeting at the new school house, near Fallsville, Newton Co., Ark. beginning Aug. 3.
J. E. Pruett and Co.
Camp meeting at Zion, Anderson Co., S. C., Aug. 1-15.
Camp meeting, Aug. 16-26, at Vowell, Windstone Co., Miss.
Meeting near Wamba, Miss., Aug. 27.
Meeting at Renfroe, Miss. Aug. 30.
We are in need of gospel workers who are out for the whole truth.
R. H. Owens.
There will be a neeting near Millville, Miss., at Damascus school house, beginning Aug. 16, lasting as long as the Lord wills. Everybody invited. Let all come praying that we will have a real salvation season. We will be glad for all the workers to come that can to assist in the meeting. Yours for the truth,
Wakelee, Cass Co., Mich, grove meeting. Beginning Aug. 9.
Tekonsha, Mich., Camp meeting. Aug. 7-14. This will be in a splendid grove of nice trees. There will be a stove on the ground so people can cook if they wish, but as many as can, come prepared to take care of themselves. Those that cannot do so will be provided for. Bro. Sheldon and Co. will be the workers; he will bring his new tabernacle. Any coming on the Air Line notify me at Tekonsha. Those coming on the M. C. main line, come to Marshall. Notify Frank Heath, Tekonsha. Yours in Christ,
Dwight, Mich., camp meeting. On the east shore of the South arm of Pine Lake at Gaunt’s Dock. July 26 to Aug. 4.
Bliss, Mich., C. M. Aug. 6-15.
Allie R. Fisher and Co.
D. S. Warner and Wife.
St. Louis, Mich., Aug. 15-23. If the Lord wills we can attend. The Lord send others.
D. S. W.
Grand Rapids, Mich. Camp meeting. Aug, 20, to continue as long as the Lord wills. We have secured a beautiful grove in the north side of the city on Coit Ave. Persons coming can take street car in any part of the city and transfer to Coit Ave. and run to the end of the car line and walk three blocks farther on to the camp ground. We give special invitation to all saints, especially those living near, to give their help in this meeting, as the work is new here, but in the name of Jesus it will be a success and a glorious feast. The saints here are poor, and those coming ought to come prepared to support themselves and others. Bring tent and things for camping on the ground or in rooms. Those worthy will be cared for. Bro. Warner is to be here. Bro. Sheldon and company are expected and any whom the dear Lord may send. The dear Lord is wonderfully working, hunting and fishing, and the city being shaken and signs and wonders following.
G. R. Achor and Co.
66 Colfax St. Grand Rapids, Mich.
Otwell, Pike Co., Ind. Grove meeting. Aug. 1.
Winslow, Ind. Grove meeting. Aug. 15.
G. P. Keeling.
There will be a tabernacle meeting at Brushy Prairie, La Grange Co., Ind., from Aug. 2-12. Bro. A. B. Palmer is expected and others are invited whom the Lord may lead. Yours saved,
There will be a meeting held in the city hall, Ridgeville, Ind., beginning Aug. 1, and continuing as long as the Lord wills. Everybody is cordially invited. We especially invite parties to come, who feel led of the Lord, who can sing bass and tenor, as we will lack in those two parts. We believe the Lord will supply all our needs. Bro. Philips and S. A. Yoder are expected. Those coming by rail write Bro. John Eley, Ridgeville, Ind.
H. C. Wickersham.
New Pittsburg, Ind.
Beaver Dam camp meeting will be held on Bro. David Leininger’s farm, Aug. 14- 22. All parties coming on the Chicago and Erie, or Lake Erie and Western, stop off at Rochester. Those on the Nickel Plate, at Mentone. Parties coming on the first two days of the meeting will be met at train. As many as possibly can should come on those days. Bring your bedding and prepare to stay through the entire meeting. We feel it necessary for those coming with teams, to state the price of feed on account of the drouth. There is no pasture nor hay. Marsh hay bailed can be had for $13.00 per ton, timothy $18.00. We have stated the condition of this matter, so you can decide for yourselves. Those writing address R. N. Gast, Akron, Ind. Inform us early and state amount of baggage. Yours,
R. N. Gast.
Mole Hill, W. Va. Camp meeting. The church of the living God in West Virginia will hold their camp meeting at or near Mole Hill, Ritchie Co., beginning about Aug. 30, the Lord willing.
J. K. P. Whitecotton.
There will be an assembly meeting at the Spruce school house, near Grooms, Ky., beginning Sept. 1, to continue as long as the Lord wills. A general invitation is given to all lovers of the truth. Come in the name of Jesus. Grooms is about 10 miles east of Mt. Sterling. Mail back runs daily, except Sunday.
Clinton, Barron Co., Wis. Camp meeting. Eight miles north-west of Barron. Aug. 13—20. Let all who can, come. For further information address,
Wauseon, Ohio. Grove meeting. Beginning Aug. 13. Three miles north and four miles east of Wauseon, in Bro. Gorsuch’s grove.
E. G. Masters.
Galatia, Ill. Camp meeting. Sept. 4-15, and longer if the Lord wills. Bro’s W. A. Davison and J. L. Pike will be with us, and perhaps Bro. A. B. Palmer, the Lord willing. Everybody invited.
Near Clayton, Okla. Camp meeting. Aug. 15-26. Clayton is about thirty miles east of Mulhall. Mulhall is on the Santa Fe R. R. Any one coming, wishing conveyance, write Bro. Guy West, Clayton, Okla., to meet you.
R. M. Haynes, M. A. Fly and Co.
There will be a camp meeting near Standard, Okla. (Logan Co.), located ten miles west of Mulhall on the R. I. R. R., S. F. R. R., eighteen miles east of Hennessey. Expecting Bro. G L. Cole and Co. in charge, the Lord willing, and ail other workers desired that the Lord may lead. Everybody invited to attend. Leave the time for the workers to determine. Yours in the one body,
Camp meeting Hartsells, Ala., beginning Aug. 8, and continuing over the 18th. and longer if the Lord leads. For any particulars inquire of R. G. Sharp, Hartsells, Ala.
The assembly or camp meeting of the saints of God in Louisiana will be held in Tangipahoa Parish, La, at Zion Grove, near the Morris Retreat thirteen miles east of Hammond where it was held in 1894, commencing on Saturday before the second Sunday in October 1895, being the twelfth day of said month. All Christians are invited to attend as well as the unsaved. And as many as can, come prepared to camp on the grounds with provisions for the occasion. The meeting will last as long as God wills. Come one, come all.
W. W. Bankston.
The Reynolds, Neb., meeting notice is discontinued. The meeting will be held on Bro. R. W. Owen’s farm, Aug. 15-25. See list of meetings.
Bro. Lupolph Schr..eder of San Francisco, Cal., writes that he feels led to translate the Church tract and other tracts into the Swedish language, and will publish same as soon as the way opens.
To all persons desiring to purchase Bibles or Testaments, if you will send a two-cent stamp we will mail you our catalogue of Bibles, and we can furnish Bibles, postage prepaid, at the prices given. We also have on hand a small stock of Emphatic Diaglotts, cloth binding $3.25 half morocco $4.
After a person is saved, “Will the devil put evil thoughts in the mind, and cause bad dreams?”
Ans. Yes, for that is his business, if you will let him; but your business is not to let him. “But how can we hinder him?” Ans. By obeying God’s word, and resist the devil as God has told you. Jas. 4:7. Since God is responsible for his own Word, just do what God has told you to do in faith, and be sure you believe that God does in the name of Jesus make him flee according to promise, — “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you;” and since God cannot lie and is pledged to fulfill his own Word, just believe it means you now, and God’s almighty power drives the devil, for he cannot stand against the word of God, when we believe without a doubt, for really God makes it true to us, and executes his Word against the devil and he has to go in spite of himself, for God is stronger than the devil, and God’s word is questioned, and God will vindicate his truth by enforcing it in your favor against the devil. Always keep inside of God’s Word and you have it as a shield by faith against all opposing elements, and by using it, sure victory is yours. But if you let the devil get you to disobey the Word of God, so that the Word is really against you, then he can use it against you until you repent and come back to the Word; and then you can always beat him on the line of God’s Holy Word, just like Jesus did, as recorded in Mat. 4th chapter. One of the greatest causes of diffi-
culty with Satan is a lack of real Bible humility and spiritual advancement, a kind of spiritual stagnation. When we are wholly consecrated down in God, to the New Testament standard, and filled with all the fulness of God, it is not only easy to resist the devil, but we really enjoy obeying that part of God’s Word, as well as other parts of the Truth; for we enjoy obeying the whole truth. Amen.
WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST?
Pharisees, with what have you to reproach Jesus?
“He eateth with publicans and sinners.” (Matt. 9:11.)
Is that all?
“Yes.” (Luke 15:2.)
And you, Caiphas, what say you of him?
“He is guilty; he is a blasphemer, because he said: ‘Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven.’ ” (Matt. 26:57, 64.)
Pilate, what is your opinion?
“I find no fault in this man.” (Jno. 18:38; 19:4, 6.)
And you, Judas, who have sold your Master for silver; have you some fearful charge to hurl against him?
“I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.” (Matt. 27:3, 4.)
And you, centurion and soldiers, who led him to the cross, what have you to say against him?
“Truly this was the Son of God.” (Matt. 27:54.)
And you, demons?
“He is the Son of God.” (Matt. 8:28, 29)
John Baptist, What think you of Christ?
“Behold the Lamb of God.” (Jno. 1:29.) And you, John?
“He is the bright and morning star.’ ’(Rev. 22:16.)
Peter, what say you of your Master?
“Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matt. 16:16 )
And you, Thomas?
“My Lord and my God.” (Jno 2o:28.)
Paul, you have persecuted him; what is your testimony of him?
“I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Phil. 3:8.)
Angels of heaven, What think ye of Jesus?
“Unto you is born a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-14.)
And thou, Father in heaven, who knoweth all things?
“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:17, 5)
Beloved reader, what think ye of Christ? — Sel.
News from the Field
Saints’ Home and School, near Pullman, Wash., July 10. ’95.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: The camp-meeting near Elberton closed last Sunday eve with victory. From the very beginning the power of God was manifested among his people. The saints came from many directions and some from quite a distance. Nearly all camped upon the ground during the entire meeting. The salvation work began at once and nearly every service found some one at the altar for various gospel benefits. There were many cases of definite healings. The power of God was present and manifested in several cases as in the apostolic days. Probably there were eighty or more who were healed of various diseases. The deaf hear, the blind see, the lame walk. Truly He hath done all things well. There were about 130 took part in the ordinance meeting. About thirty were baptized. The workers go out into different fields and different directions. May all be filled with the power and authority of of the Holy Spirit. Bro. Byrum and I go to Spokane for a siege to that city. We have no acquaintance and know of no one who will accept the truth in that city, but go forth as the apostles in primitive days. Pray for us. Your brother separated unto the gospel,
J. W. Byers.
Address, Spokane, Wash.
Rockford, O., July 17, 1895.
Dear Saints: We are glad to report victory in our souls and in the work. We left home June 28, accompanied by Sister Mary Metter. Went to Erastus, Ohio, held meeting nine days in the M. E. house. Good order and good interest, it being the first time the evening light was ever preached there. It was a seed-sowing time. We went from there four miles from Celina. Held meeting six days in Bro. Gallihugh’s barn. Meeting well attended and good interest. May the Lord bless the people at those places for their kindness to us in supplying our needs. The people at both places acknowledged the truth, and are desiring a grove meeting soon, and we believe there will be a big harvest to be gathered. We came to Rockford yesterday, July 16. Are holding meeting in the town hall. Expect to continue as long as the Lord leads then go elsewhere as the Lord directs.
Your brother and sister in the one body,
J. N. and J. E. Worden,
Beloved Brethren in Christ: We feel led of the Spirit to inform you through the Trumpet of the good hand of our God upon us, and of our success in the gospel work. We have held two tabernacle meetings since we have attended the great feast of tabernacles at Grand Junction, Mich. One at Lakeview, Ohio, and one at Waynesfield, Ohio. Both were blessed with the salvation of souls. At the latter place the ordinances of feet washing and the Lord’s supper were observed. About fifty-five holy ones participated. Baptism was administered on the day of the ordinance service. Eight dear saints followed the Lord in this sacred ordinance. Bro. J. N. Howard of Payne has been with us since Grand Junction C. M., and has been much used of the Lord in the preaching of the Word. Bro. D. S. Warner was also with us in the Lakeview meeting and did much good service in the Lord. We are now doing what we can to open up the good work in Muncie, Ind. We find here a very ripe harvest, and desire the earnest prayers of all the saints that we may be enabled by divine grace to gather it. Yours truly under the blood.
Wm. G. Schell and Co.
THE SAINTS’ HOME AND SCHOOL.
Having a desire to visit this place I came here after the close of the camp-meeting near Elberton to spend a few days with the dear saints here and learn something of the work of God in this institution for the spiritual and intellectual training of the saints’ children. This place is situated ten miles south of Colfax and ten miles west of Pullman, in Whitman Co., Wash. in a narrow valley known as Union Flat, extending south-east and north-west. On the south side of the valley at the foot of a high hill in the midst of a beautiful pine grove of about ten acres, stands the home and school building. It is a commodious frame structure 30 x 50 feet, well planned and built, two stories high with basement, which really is the same as three stories. The upper room is used for school and meeting purposes. The first floor and part of basement are used for kitchen, dining, sitting and bed rooms. There are 120 acres of land in the farm, some of which is not tillable but good for pasture. There are twelve acres in wheat, seventeen in barley which will be cut for hay. Nine acres in orchard and garden set out with apple, plum, prune, apricot and cherry-trees, and small fruits. This is a good fruit country and in a short time this orchard will supply this home with an abundance of delicious fruit. This is indeed a charming spot, and will be the future camp ground no doubt of this country, as it seems to be divinely prepared for such a purpose. The rich-toned birds seem to be delighted with it and have chosen it for their summer abode. My heart is inspired with heavenly music as these warblers fill the air with their sweet melodies while I write these lines, and the sound of the gentle breezes through the pine trees adds to the sacredness of this spot, to such an extent as can only be realized by those who are acquainted with such surroundings. There are three springs of excellent water on the farm, which with some expense can be piped to the buildings. This will be an inestimable blessing. Bro. James Bamford is the superintendent of the home, and it is evident that the brother and his companion did not make this their own choice. They have untold disadvantages to encounter, but with incessant toil they make the best of their circumstances. The house is unfinished and room insufficient. The brother will build an extension to the already crowded house this summer as the free-will offerings may come in for this purpose. Also a large barn and other outside improvements are needed. Bro. Geo. W. Bailey has been the teacher the past year and will very likely return here by divine appointment for another year. Two consecrated teachers will he needed. There were fifty-two pupils in attendance last term, from the ages of six to nineteen years. Most of these were saints’ children from the surrounding country. Hereafter I am told there will be none but saints’ children admitted into the school and none but saved pupils. These restrictions have been found out by experience to be a necessity as a safeguard to the spiritual and moral development of the children. The utmost attention is given to the spiritual needs, while the moral, intellectual and physical are well provided for. They are all taught the necessary duties of farm life, and in this manner labor and education go hand in hand, which is indeed the only means of practical education. All the common branches are taught.
The effect upon the children during the past year has been highly satisfactory to all, and this school will no doubt be but the beginning of many others of similar nature over the earth as the evening light spreads; for who has not seen the absolute necessity of something being done to protect our children from the awful influence of public schools as they generally are conducted? Three- fourths of the time is spent in many places in cities in such studies that fill the mind of the child with vanity and pride. Dramatic and stage performances, as well as much of the pretended patriotism, besides thousands of other foolish and unprofitable exercises keep the mind of the child so absorbed that very little actual practical knowledge is received; and how can any little sensitive and susceptible heart, no matter how pure it may have been, keep from becoming affected with such a poisonous influence around it? And not only so, but who has not known by experience, that the impure moral atmosphere of the average school boy or girl of unsaved parents, and many instances professors of religion, and possibly professing saints who have not been awakened to the real condition of their children, will defile the mind and conscience of the purest little one, and drag it down into evil thoughts and practices? As I look out into the evil world and behold the awful picture of this Sodom state my heart becomes overwhelmed within me and the ever increasing responsibility becomes greater and greater, and my soul cries out with the awful question, “My God! what will become of our children?” Parents should everywhere fall upon their faces in sackcloth and get hold of God for the welfare of their children. Our influences in many many respects have only been a help toward the downward progress of the rising generation. Much that has been done cannot be undone; but dear parents, let us redeem the time that is yet given us, for these days are evil and the time is short. God alone can rescue those who have gone beyond our immediate reach, and our prayers, fervent, agonizing and incessant, will follow the wandering one and bring him or her to the cross. Dear parents, will you not enter into a covenant before God that you will not cease until your latest breath praying for the salvation of your children? Until you do your duty in this respect you cannot stand free before the judgment bar of God.
Who among us have done our duty toward our children while we were in Babylon? We were ignorant in many respects, but the time for such ignorance is past; God will not impute our past ignorance in many of these things; but how about the present? Every parent should be fully as much concerned about the salvation of his child as that of himself. I do hereby humbly warn and exhort the saints of God, that we are just as responsible for the salvation of our children as we are for our own souls. This may not have been realized in times past, and some, whose children have grown up and beyond their immediate control and left the parental home, may no doubt be excusable before God for the reason they had no greater light; but how can we who are awake to the fact of the true responsibilities upon us and the certain and eternal death awaiting every unprotected child, do else than run between the living and dead and throw our arms around the innocent and unsuspecting ones and bear them safely inside the precious fold of Christ, or at least to the place where, like the poisoned victims of the fiery serpents, they may behold the God-provided remedy and live? Some will say, “My children are too old now, I can have no influence over them.” To such I can say by experience that a stony heart can be melted into tears by the effectual prayers of a devoted parent. I shall never forget the hot scalding tears of my dear precious mother as they were poured upon my neck and ran down over my heart from the face of that dear one, who by her own grasp had fastened herself to me with all but a death grip. I had wandered far away into sin; those prayers increased in proportion to my disobedience; and when that poor troubled heart could no longer withold its sorrow for her wandering boy, those loving arms reached me and with supernatural strength held me fast notwithstanding my rebellious struggles to break that loving grasp. Mother’s tears conquered the strong young man, and the indellible imprints will be carried into eternity. One soul was saved from hell and a life rescued from a premature grave, to go forth to the ends of the earth to publish salvation. That mother now sleeps in death but those tears live and that turning point of my life is an undeniable proof that the parent has the God-given authority to bring the child to where Christ can save. Dear parents, pardon me, but I must repeat the exhortation: You are not doing your duty toward your children. One hundred-fold effort cannot be too much to redeem the time, and God only knows when you have completed your duty and fulfilled your obligations. How will you answer at the judgement when the question shall be asked, “Where are those children entrusted to your care?” We speak of the talents, and the servant who buried the one in the earth. Did you ever think that a child may be compared to a talent? Get it saved and let it help save others. My heart reaches out to every parent in the evening light. May we all awake to the fact that the end is near us, and what we do must be done at once.
Your humble servant separated unto the gospel,
J. W. Byers.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” – Psa. 119:129.
Rice Lake, Wis.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I am saved and trusting in Jesus, with all on the altar and praising the dear Lord for the victory in my soul. Glory to God! I wish to report for the glory of God a case of healing in this city of Rice Lake, of Mrs. N. Tucker. She had been sick for a number of days, and had been treated by the doctor, but was not healed. And the Lord showed her if she would turn to him and seek salvation and let medicine alone, that he would heal her; and under this conviction she turned to the Lord and he saved her, and according to James 2:14, 15 was anointed and instantly healed. And there was rejoicing in those that were there. Praise the Lord! I also ask all God’s dear ones to pray for me, that I may be healed of catarrh in my head and lungs. Your brother in Christ,
Dear Saints of the Living God: I feel led to praise God by giving a testimony to his saving, sanctifying, and healing power. I was a deep sinner all my life; was under conviction several times, but never received pardon from God. I had made up my mind that salvation was not for me. Early this spring, I heard of a holiness preacher, who was coming to preach in our school house; and heard that their singing was fine. I went to hear the singing, out of fine curiosity, and praise God forever and ever, there I heard the words that brought me to Jesus in the night and I knew my sins were forgiven. I had no faith in healing by Divine power and thought those who claimed to be healed were deceived; until God in his infinite kindness gave me sure and certain proof by healing me of several severe sicknesses; and now, nothing could make me doubt. I was afterwards sanctified. I have had several severe trials, but his grace is sufficient for all. To his name be all honor and glory! I can truly say, he saves and keeps me every hour. Pray that I may ever be humble, and obedient to his will. Your sister saved in Christ,
Dear Saints: I want to write my testimony this morning to the glory of God. My self and husband received the light on sanctification two years ago, and sought and obtained the experience, and evidently were called to work for the Lord. So about a year ago we heard of an evening light doctrine that seemed to be foolishness, to stop us from going out to work for the Lord, so we would not accept it or listen to it, but kept praying to God with honest hearts for him to lead and give us light, and he did lead us all the time. Bless his holy name! And we were growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Until about three weeks ago, there came one of God’s true saints from Missouri over here, and I heard through others that there was an evening light sister here. It seemed to me I must see her immediately and talk with her, and as soon as convenient I did so, and praise the dear Lord I received light from her testimony that convinced me wonderfuley on this line. And I began to study God’s word closely and to ask God to give me the light I needed for I was honest with God, and I felt there had begun to be something lacking with me; I was not just what God wanted me to be. And as soon as I found by studying with the Bible, the Biblical Trace of the Church, I saw I had not understood the evening light before. I did believe part of it all the time, and taught it in all my work, and the Lord has blessed my work on this line, for there are some of his children at this place who are coming out and taking a firm stand for God on this very line. And if there is a place on earth that the pure gospel is needed, it is Harrisburg, Ill. My husband has never been baptized in water at all, but his name is on the C. P. scratch book, and he is going to call for a dismissal from them, then he wants one of God’s preachers to come this way so he can be baptized. Amen.
Your brother and sister saved and in the one body,
W. C. and Emma Farrell.
LIFT IT HIGHER.
GO through, go through the gates, prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up, the highway: gather out the stones, lift up a standard for the people. Isa. 52:10.
Dear saints of God, I feel the Spirit of the Lord God upon me to sound this warning in Zion — knowing that many shrink from lifting the standard and thus cause so many to be weak and sickly among us, who would otherwise be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Dear ones, let us lift the standard of a “justified” life high, even as high as His Holy Word does. When we have by the Spirit of God, been made to lift it where God places it, and have thus admonished dear ones because of their murmuring and continual fault finding, we hear this: “I am not sanctified, and I don’t profess to be; it isn’t me, but the carnal nature.”
Dear professor, is this true? Is it not you that sins with your lips? Let us see. By the Word of Jesus we are to be judged. Jno. 12:48. We know that sin is the transgression of the law. 1 Jno. 3:4. And in the perfect law of liberty, we find this, — 1 Cor. 10:10. — “Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11 — And they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” Under the old law, to murmur against God, or what he did or what His people did, was punishable with literal death. The same command is under the law of liberty. Can we disobey it and not die spiritually? Nay, verily, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Would God have accepted the excuse, “It is the carnal nature, not me,” when the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron? Ex. 16:2, 3? No, they broke his commands and were destroyed. Will he accept this excuse from us now, who have the light of heaven preached to us, and the privilege of getting rid of carnality, which they never had? God is no respecter of persons. In Eccl. 5:6, we find these words, “Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin: neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error- Wherefore should God be angry at thy voice and destroy the work of thy hands?” If then we be overtaken in murmuring, faultfinding, back-biting, and such, shall we say to the angel and to God’s people, that it was an “error,” that God does not hold us accountable because of the sin inherited? Is it true, — will not God hold you accountable for every word you speak? By your words you will be justified; by your words you will be condemned.
We find scores of souls trying to get “sanctified,” many of whom have had teaching on the second work for years, and they fail to get cleansed. Why? The Lord shows us it is because the sacrifice is not holy. We have access “by faith” into this grace wherein we stand. We know “faith” is a gift of God, and he never withholds it from anyone who meets the conditions in his Word. God gives the faith to be saved from our sins, as soon as we forsake our way, Isa. 55:7. Restore the pledge, give again that he hath robbed, walk in the statutes of life. Eze. 33:15. And forgive all trespasses. Mat. 6:14. When we have done this, faith comes as natural as our breath. We do not have to plead with God for weeks for faith to believe we are forgiven when God says he does forgive. He gives the faith; we receive it, and the work is done. The second work is just as simple: — if we present our bodies a “living sacrifice,” “holy,” acceptable, Rom. 12:1, God gives the faith, the work is done. Why then are so many carnal, after presenting themselves to God for cleansing? We believe many times it is because of not having teaching enough. “Faith comes by hearing; hearing by the word of God. But we believe and are persuaded that many more times it is because the sacrifice is not “living,” is not “holy.” And God says the world — sinners — cannot receive the Holy Spirit. We are persuaded too that if the standard of justification were lifted higher, the cause of God would suffer less because of carnal professors, and many more of dear honest souls would be sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Let us therefore instead of excusing ourselves for committing these so-called “little sins,” fall upon our knees, and ask God’s forgiveness, for it, and confess our sins, or sin, as it may be.
Many are doing these things daily and are standing in the way of sinners. They often say, “If such a one is a saint, I don’t want to be one.” Only because they hear this professed saint, who say they are “weak” and “carnal,” not only murmuring, but fault-finding, back-biting, complaining, and many other little things, which of course comes from the carnal nature; but is none less sin, than foolish talking, jesting, swearing or any other sin caused from or produced by our lips. Dear saints of God, let us lift the standard above these things, nor ever try to justify any one, no matter how great our sympathy for them, in doing any of these things. For God says to the justified as well as to the sanctified, to live without committing sin. And in Phil. 2:14, 15, we read, Do all things without murmuring and disputings; that ye may be blameless and harmless the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. Dear ones, how can we shine as lights in this world, when we do not live holy as he is? Holy — does God leave this holiness alone for those that are sancified? He says not, for those that are in Christ are new creatures; old things have passed away. Shall we then teach to sinners that God in justifying our souls, takes away our sins and appetites of morphine, liquor, tobacco, swearing, filthy communication and all such, and yet hear among us those who are doing things no less sinful, because forbidden by his Word, and we ourselves, do not admonish and speak the truth as it is in Christ Jesus; that God places these things on a level and that we have to be outside of his precious body before committing them; and that all such if committed must be confessed to God and forgiven by him, otherwise, there is no salvation? We are persuaded that were the standard of a justified life lifted higher, and we ourselves have no respect of persons, there would be less backsliding, less reproach to the cause of God, more souls saved and more believers sanctified. If we were to go to our mothers, our sisters, our wives and husbands, as we do to sinners, and lift the same holy standard in the meekness of Jesus, considering ourselves lest we be likewise tempted, showing them by the Word that all manner of ungodliness must be and is outside instead of inside the church, and must be repented of if committed, our mothers, sisters, wives and all would praise God in that last day because we told them their condition instead of helping them to excuse and cover it. And they too would sooner get into a standing grace, where sinners would not reproach them.
Many of us know that it is not always pleasant to go to a professed brother or sister in Christ, and tell them their condition as the word of God shows it. But does not God command it? Can we ourselves remain saved and refuse to keep any of his commandments? Nay; verily their souls will be required at our hands if we do not. If they refuse to hear us, their blood will be upon their own heads; if they hear us and obey, we have gained our brother. God commands us in 1 Tim. 5:20, to rebuke sin wherever found, “that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.”
Dear ones, let us awake to our privileges and duty in the gospel, and teach saint and sinner, all alike, perfect holiness, perfect obedience in a justified life, that the cause of God be not reproached because of our hard speeches and uncontrolled tongue. We believe that every dear honest soul would just as soon and rather measure up to the high standard, as to one that would excuse without repentance, their occasional sins. Our souls have burned within us when on some occasions we have seen these little sins excused because of the carnal nature, with neither repentance or confession of the same, nor forgiveness asked of those who were injured by the deadly poison administered by the tongue. Jas. 3:8. And see the same dear souls try again and again to get free from the bondage of the carnal nature, and each time get up even as they were before. Oh for Jesus’ sake, let us try to save these dear ones by telling them the truth, and they too we believe will go into the land of Canaan with songs and everlasting joy. These same ones we notice while striving with sin have no blessings, no joys of salvation. Why? because the Spirit of God has been grieved away by their faultfinding, and murmuring, and they are left with a profession, void of salvation, because of disobedience. A justified soul is led continually by the Spirit of God as long as he is justified. Where then is the place for this sin? Surely not in the body or church of the Lord Jesus. Oh praise God for a salvation that governs the tongue!
Now one word more to those seeking sanctification, who have tried and found later that they did not have it. Be sure, dear ones, be sure that you are just before God, that you have been walking uprightly to all the light you had, that there are none of the so-called little sins that you have not confessed and been forgiven of. If this is all done and you ask God to take the root of bitterness out of your heart, praise God! he will give you faith to believe that he does it and you will never have any more trouble with your tongue or any other member of your body. For when God does the work, he sanctifies the body, soul and spirit, a complete work, a complete salvation.
We have written this in the love of Jesus, that if it be possible more saints of God may be qualified for work and endued with the power of the Holy Spirit. We suffered ourselves at one time for about two months because the dear saints did not thoroughly examine the sacrifice that we desired to place all on the altar, and did not tell us that faultfinding, complaining, and such like was never found in the church of Jesus. So God in his own way by his precious Spirit had to show us himself. But after we had been professing to be sanctified for that length of time, we confessed our sin and asked forgiveness, and then, praise God, he gave the faith in which I am still standing, rejoicing in the God of my salvation. Praising him continually that I am counted worthy to help in the great work before us. Let us strive together for the faith once delivered to the saints.
Your sister saved through the mercy of our God, sanctified through belief of the truth,
Mary L. Adams,
‘Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” – Psa. 119:129.
Dear Saints of God: I do desire to say to all, I am sweetly saved in Jesus only. O praise his name for all his benefits and goodness to his children! I am trusting him for all, both spiritual and temporal blessings. Although shut out as it were from the communion of saints in this dearthy Oklahoma Country, where sin and sectism seem to reign most prevalent, I can be alone with Jesus and have him as an abiding Comforter. Oh how thankful I am that He ever let such beautiful light shine on me, and is day by day teaching me how to live a pure and; holy life and to measure up to the whole word of God. O how I long to be among the saints and hear the sweet songs of Zion sung! Pray for me that I may walk worthy of the favor of God. Your sister looking to Jesus,
H. E. Annis.
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my testimony. I can say that your prayers were not in vain; my little girl is healed. The Lord healed her in four days after I wrote my request for prayer. Praise his holy name! And I have received the full blessing of sanctification. I am praising God for free salvation that keeps me from all sin. I feel that the Lord wants me to tell my experience. I was converted at the age of fourteen; joined the U. B. sect and was baptized; lived a member of that sect six years. But last fall the only sister that lives in this neighborhood was gone on a visit; when she came home she said she had heard of some preachers that said they were in the evening light. And she said she thought they must be right, from the way they were persecuted. I had never heard of them before, but those words just tore me all to pieces; for I thought how Christ suffered and died for us and how I had been living in the sect and had never suffered any persecution. I could plainly see that I had not been living and serving God just right. I took it to the Lord in prayer, and praise his holy name he taught me what to do. Oh how can we praise him enough for leading us out of darkness into light and keeping us from all sin. I fasted and prayed on Sunday, June 16, and God poured out showers of blessings upon me. Praise his holy name! I want you all to pray for me. Pray for my unsaved husband. Your saved sister, kept by the power of God,
Grand Junction, Mich.
Dear Saints of the Living God: As I have not testified through the Trumpet for quite a while, I want to glorify God and defeat the devil by testifying that the Lord does sweetly save my soul just now, and gives me sweet rest from all sin. Praise his dear name forever and ever! I have been here since the camp meeting and truly God has been teaching me precious lessons on the line of trusting God. Oh dear ones, it means so much to trust God in spite of the devil’s accusations and feelings. So many when the devil casts a gloom over them, almost despair of trying to serve God. Now dear ones, we should just let feelings go, and walk out on the promises of God, and stand upon the blessed Word in every kind of trial. If I go and buy an article and pay the full value for it, it belongs to me. If the whole world should tell me I did not own it, I would still own it. May God help each one of us to see that although the feeling is withdrawn from our souls for a season and we are in heaviness, and every thing seems dark, yet if we have not withdrawn any of the price (consecration) we possess the real experience in our souls. Oh for more real confidence in God! Solomon said in his day, “With all thy getting get understanding.” And I think we could say today, With all thy getting get faith. It is the key to all the blessings of God’s great store house. By it we are justified. Rom. 5:1. Sanctified. Acts 26:18. Healed. Jas. 5:14. and through it we are kept. 1 Pet. 1:5. Not only should we trust God with our souls but he expects us to trust him with all our diseases. He says, He “healeth all our afflictions” (the itch not excepted). Now I know certain ones who are out in the evening light who preach divine healing, yet in their own cases resort to little remedies outside of God’s prescription, Jas. 5:13, 14. Now this ought not to be. If we want our preaching to be effective we must put in practice what we preach. It is dishonoring God to take our confidence out of him and put it in human remedies. Well praise God, he does forgive all my iniquities and heal all my diseases. I intend to stand firm and do all I can for the advance of God’s work. God bless this to the good of some soul. Dear saints, pray earnestly for me that God have his own way in my soul. I expect to return to Missouri as soon as the Lord opens the way. May God bless and keep each one sinking down into him. Your saved and sanctified brother,
Robt. L. Farquar.
Dearly Beloved Saints: May the blessings of heaven’s grace be upon all the household of faith. I will write my testimony for the Trumpet. Praise God, this morning finds me saved, and well, soul and body. I am living for God and the salvation of souls only. The Lord truly has made me a wonder to the world, I just came home from Sugar Ridge; we had a blessed little ordinance meeting at Bro. and Sister Reed’s house over Lord’s day. The saints came from Weston and the Lord was with us in much power. A few came to the meeting that never heard the evening light, while others were lurking on the outside. We had a glorious feast with the Lord and we give him all the praise. Now I will tell to all the Trumpet readers why I was not at the camp meeting in body, for my heart, mind and prayers were there I was called to the dying bed of one of my sisters, who died with cancer in her stomach. Oh it is so blessed to be satisfied with Jesus alone! When I went I had hopes that I could get back in time to go to the meeting, but I soon saw that I could not; so I said, Lord, not my will but thine be done; and the Lord blessed me in singing and praying at her bedside. Oh praise God for the grace that satisfies both soul and body! My heart and soul rejoiced with many praises to God when I read the glorious report of the meeting, and of the advanced move the church is making. Well praise God, I am moving along, doing what little I can for the salvation of souls. Oh I have so much to praise God for! It will take an eternity to tell it all. The Lord saved me from my sins in 42, and sanctified my soul in ’59, and God in his own way brought in this evening light thirteen years ago. Oh hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever and ever! And in all these years I have never for a single moment thought of going back into the world, for I never could see anything in this world that was better than my salvation. Praise God! I received such clear evidence in my justification that I was a child of God that the devil never tried to make me doubt that experience. But I was hungering and thirsting after righteousness, for I soon found an element in my heart that when I would do good evil was present, and I had fears. Sanctification was not preached then; I had not heard it in my seventeen years of justified life. The first definite sermon I heard on sanctification was after I had been sanctified four years. God was leading me in a mysterious way, by reading his word, and I was very eager to learn and find the way more perfectly. I found where John said in first epistle 4:18, There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear. I commenced seeking for perfect love. Praise God, he sanctified my soul when I died to self and the world. No tongue can tell the joy. Oh hallelujah! I was filled with all the fullness of God. All my fears were taken away, and I was made bold and fearless as a lion. I was all alone in the woods where I had an altar of prayer for years. One day as I was going to my altar the devil met me and told me I must quit seeking this perfect love, or I would lose what I had. He knew that perfect love would destroy the works of the devil. Praise God! In ’59 in August, I was crucified, and died unto sin, and God took, the old body of sin and buried it out of sight, and the grave has never been found. And to-day I am standing alone with Jesus, saved to the uttermost with an everlasting salvation. Oh hallelujah to God! He gives me victory over my surroundings and keeps me well without any pain or aches, and above all he gives me peace and joy that is unspeakable and full of glory. I am watching and waiting the Lord’s own time and way to take me to himself. There is nothing in this world that is worth living for, only to live for God and the salvation of souls. Saved in Jesus just now.